X79 motherboards press releases
MSI All-New X79 Motherboard Series Featuring Military Class III Components
Leading international mainboard and graphics card manufacturer MSI today announces the official release of its X79A-GD65 (8D), X79A-GD65, X79A-GD45, and X79MA-GD45 mainboards. The new mainboards are based on Intel's latest X79 chipset and uses the LGA 2011 socket supporting the 2nd generation Core i7 processors. The X79A-GD65 (8D) features with 8 memory DIMMs, supports 16GB DDR3 memory modules, bringing maximum capacity up to a staggering 128GB! For superior quality and stability, MSI X79 series mainboards adopts Military Class III components. With DrMOS II - the next generation of DrMOS with improved double thermal protection - the lifetime of components is maximized, even in warmer environments or when the machine is heavily overclocked.
MSI X79 series mainboards also feature the latest PCI Express Gen 3 bus and MSI's proprietary Click BIOS II for maximum performance and user convenience. When taking into account all of the other advanced technologies supported such as 3-Way NVIDIA SLI and 4-way AMD CrossFireX multi-GPU processing technology, THX TruStudio PRO sound, Multi-BIOS II, Control Center II, and Super Charger, MSI X79-series mainboards are simply the best choice for enthusiasts!
EVGA X79 Motherboards
True next generation motherboards have arrived with the EVGA X79 lineup. The new EVGA X79 motherboard series packs in the latest technologies to give you an uncompromising experience! Unparalleled memory bandwidth with true quad channel DDR3 memory support, and Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 gives you intelligent computing by optimizing performance on the fly! Up to 4-Way SLI** gives you the expansion you need to maximize your graphics performance.
High performance 12+2 PWM, 100% POSCAP Capacitors and ESR/ESL Film Capacitors* deliver clean, optimal power to your system for maximum overclocking. Dual 8pin CPU connectors* can provide up to 600w of steady power to the CPU through a high quality CPU socket with three times* the normal amount of gold content for the lowest impedance, and highest current transfer. Also, with built in EVGA EVBot support, you can overclock on the fly from the palm of your hand.
ECS Black X79 Series
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ThermalTake Smart Series PSUs
ThermalTake introduced three modular (450W, 550W, 650W) and four standard (430W, 530W, 730W, 730W) Smart Series power supplies. The modular models have an 80Plus Bronze certification (up to 88% efficiency) while the non-modular units are 80Plus rated (up to 86% efficiency) but all feature ATX 12V V2.3 compliance, active PFC, a single 12V rail, a quiet, 140mm fan, a MTBF of over 100,000 hours, and circuitry providing over current, over voltage, under voltage, over power, and short-circuit protection.
The Smart Series PSUs are backed by a three-year warranty and have already started to hit stores. For now, only the modular units are available, priced at about
True 3D Technology Emits 50,000 Dots In 3D Space
This True 3D display technology, developed by Burton, uses a laser to creates luminous points of light at desired locations in air or underwater.
This system is an evolved version of technology co-developed by AIST and Keio University, first announced in 2006. It works by focusing laser light, to produce plasma excitation from the oxygen and nitrogen in the air. The researchers state that this is the world's first technology to show pictures without the constraint of a screen.
"Most current 3D devices project pictures onto a 2D screen, and make the pictures appear 3D through an optical illusion. But this device actually shows images in mid-air, so a feature of this system is that it enables 3D objects to be viewed naturally."
"This system can create about 50,000 dots per second, and its frame rate is currently about 10-15 fps. But we're working to improve the frame rate to 24-30 fps."
In this demonstration, to make the system more compact, a green laser is shone into water from below. But if a laser source with higher output is used, images can be displayed in air. A color display can also be achieved by using a combination of red, green, and blue lasers.
"As the first application for this, we thought of digital signage. Also, because this system makes 3D objects look natural, it could be used for analyzing 3D objects, and if its precision can be improved, it could be used in healthcare, too."
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Core i7 3960X processor & MSI X79A-GD65 review
Today an article covering the Intel Core i7-3960X (Sandy Bridge-E) processor and X79 based motherboards. An update to the true high-end six-core processor series aimed at consumers. we test with a final sample X79 motherboard from MSI.
This article will also review the MSI X79A-GD65 8D. Next to that the fellas from G.Skill provided a Sandy-Bridge-E quad channel memory kit that blew us of our feet, 16GB G.Skill RipjawsZ series memory that with the flick of a BIOS setting to XMP runs stable at 2133 MHz in a quad channel memory configuration.
Read the article here.
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme review
The ROG team this time went wild, releasing a X79 motherboard with all the features that last-gen motherboards should have such as USB 3.0 connectivity, Bluetooth, eSATA connectors, SATA 6.0Gbps, and 7.1 channel audio, but the real x-factor of the Rampage IV Extreme can only be found when we look at its overclocking features.
Head on over to the review where we'll discuss the X79 chipset, the respective ASUS model. Then will throw a decent photo-shoot and a benchmark suite at the products and get an indication what performance is like with the Intel Core i7-3960X (Sandy Bridge-E) and X79 Platform.
Read the article here.
AMD Dual-GPU HD 7990 could Arrive March 2012
First January, but now its March. It's pretty save to state that the Radeon HD 7900 series cards will be released early 2012, maybe even January. However we have not even crossed that point yet already we are seeing rumors that the dual-GPU Radeon HD 7990 would be launched in March, which would be CeBIT time.
The 7990 is based on the Tahiti GPU which would be two Radeon HD 7970 or HD 7950 cores.
The Radeon HD 7990 will most probably also use the new liquid chamber cooling solution that AMD said previously that it will be included in the HD 7970 and HD 7950 reference designs.
According to the Sunnyvale-based chip maker, this brings a series of improvements over the old vapor chamber technology, while also being easier to manufacture. Radeon HD 7900-series cards use AMD's Next Generation Core (NGC) architecture that was designed to offer improved performance and functionality in GPGPU environment.
Before coming out with the dual-GPU Radeon HD 7990, AMD will release not just the HD 7970 and HD 7950, but also a series of mid-range models manufactured using TSMC's 28nm production node.
These will feature the VLIW4 (very-long instruction word) architecture introduced with the Radeon HD 6900-series GPUs.
Nvidia's next-generation graphics cores, code-name Kepler, which are built using the same 28nm TSMC fabrication node, will also arrive in 2012 and will be officially announced in December of this year, according to a recent report.
VIA VE-900 Mini-ITX Mainboard for Digital Home Media
VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA VE-900 Mini-ITX Mainboard, immediately available worldwide at incredibly competitive pricing. The VIA VE-900 Mini-ITX provides the ideal platform for DIY enthusiasts to custom build stylish home desktop and media center PCs.
Featuring a high-performance 1.4GHz VIA Nano X2 dual core processor and the VIA VX900 unified all-in-one media system processor, the VIA VE-900 Mini-ITX Mainboard delivers a highly optimized platform that boasts stunning HD video performance of the most demanding video formats at resolutions of up to 1080p. The VIA VE-900 Mini-ITX also supports high fidelity surround sound through the VIA VT1708S HD audio codec which delivers amazing stereo 24-bit resolution and up to 192kHz sample rates and adds HDMI support in a compact, power-efficient package.
"November 6th marked the 10 year anniversary of the Mini-ITX form factor which spurred a revolution in the modding community," said Richard Brown, Vice President of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "The VIA VE-900 delivers an affordable, high performance Mini-ITX mainboard that will spur a new wave of inspiration and innovation in the next generation of enthusiasts."
VIA VE-900 Mini-ITX desktop board
The VIA VE-900 Mini-ITX Mainboard, measuring 17cm, x 17cm, pairs a 1.4 GHz VIA Nano
EVGA Intros LGA2011 Mounting Kit for SuperClock CPU Cooler
EVGA made its SuperClock CPU fan-heatsink ready for Intel's new "Sandy Bridge-E" socket LGA2011 platform with a mounting kit update that can be purchased separately, as well as could be included in future batches of the product. C
arrying the part number M020-00-000234, the LGA2011 mounting kit update for EVGA SuperClock, is priced at US $9.99 on the EVGA store.
EVGA released the SuperClock CPU fan-heatsink this May, it is a tower-type fan-heatsink with design based on Swiftech Polaris 120. EVGA's implementation makes use of black fins, heat pipes, and a red LED-illuminated fan. Excluding the LGA2011 mounting kit, the EVGA SuperClock is priced at $55.
NVIDIA posts fiscal Q3 2012 profit of $178.3 million
NVIDIA reported its fiscal Q3 2012 results:
-- Revenue increased 4.9 percent to $1.07 billion from $1.02 billion in the previous quarter.
-- GAAP net income was $178.3 million, or $0.29 per diluted share; non-GAAP net income was $217.0 million, or $0.35 per diluted share.
-- GAAP gross margin increased to 52.2 percent; non-GAAP gross margin increased to 52.5 percent from the second quarter's 51.9 percent. Both are records for the fifth consecutive quarter.
NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today reported revenue of $1.07 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 ended Oct. 30, 2011, up 4.9 percent from the prior quarter, and up 26.3 percent from $843.9 million in the same period a year earlier.
On a GAAP basis, the company recorded net income of $178.3 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2012. That compares with net income of $151.6 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, in the prior quarter and $84.9 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, in the same period a year earlier.
On a non-GAAP basis -- which excludes stock-based compensation, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, other acquisition related costs, and the tax impact associated with these items -- net income was $217.0 million, or $0.35 per diluted share. That compares with net income of $193.5 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, in the prior quarter, and net income of $117.4 million, $0.20 per share, in the same period a year earlier.
GAAP gross margin was 52.2 percent, a fifth consecutive record, compared with 51.7 percent in the previous quarter and 46.5 percent in the same period a year earlier. Non-GAAP gross margin, at 52.5 percent, was also a record, and compares with 51.9 percent in the prior quarter and 46.8 percent in the same period a year earlier.
"NVIDIA's strategy is coming into its own, as the world becomes increasingly visual and mobile," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive of NVIDIA. "Our GPU business accelerated in the third quarter, driven by strong demand from gamers and the professional market. And our mobile business benefited from new devices coming onto the market. With Tegra 3 phone wins well ahead of Tegra 2's pace, we're expecting strong growth in the year ahead."
Our outlook for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 is as follows:
-- Revenue is expected to be relatively flat, plus or minus two percent, from the third quarter.
-- GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins are expected to be flat to up 0.5 percentage points from the respective GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins in the third quarter.
-- GAAP operating expenses are expected to be approximately $372 million; non-GAAP operating expenses are expected to be approximately $330 million.
-- Our GAAP and non-GAAP tax rates are both expected to be between 14 to 16 percent, excluding any discrete tax events that may occur in the quarter.
We estimate depreciation and amortization for the fourth quarter to be approximately $53 million to $57 million. Capital expenditures are expected to be in the range of $30 to $40 million.
Diluted shares for the fourth quarter are expected to be approximately 618 million.
Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 and Recent Highlights:
-- NVIDIA launched Tegra 3, the world's first quad-core processor for super phones and tablets, bringing PC-class performance levels to tablets and phones. Simultaneously, Asus announced that its Eee Pad Transformer Prime, the first device based on Tegra 3, will be available worldwide in December.
-- In addition, NVIDIA and its partners added three more Tegra(R)-based superphones to the eight already available -- LG Optimus EX, LG Optimus BQ and Motorola Electrify. They also added 13 new tablets, bringing the total to 23. New models include the Asus Slider, Sony Tablet S, Sony Tablet P, Toshiba Scorpio 7", Acer Iconia A100, Sharp Galapagos E-Reader, Dell Streak 10, Lenovo ThinkPad, and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 8.9.
-- NVIDIA Tesla processors were chosen by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which will deploy 18,000 of them in its new machine, "Titan," expected to be the world's fastest supercomputer, with the potential to deliver speeds of over 20 petaflops.
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Cooler Master Silencio 550 review
Cooler Master went back to the drawing table and improved the Silencio 550 as shown today with better cable routing, all black interior and an extra retaining hole. Obviously there are many ways to get the noise levels down with good cooling solutions and silent fans. But an overlooked part of the PC is the chassis itself.
With the side panels covered and very little airflow meshes to see the chassis still remains spacious enough for a mid-tower. You can house a good seven 3.5-inch hard disk drives inside, and a 2.5-inch tray will allow you to mount a SSD (solid state drive).
Read the review right here.
Coolink Corator DS Compatible with Socket LGA2011
Coolink today presented its first CPU cooler to support the upcoming Intel LGA2011 platform for Core i7-3000 series Sandy Bridge-E processors. Based on the award winning Corator DS, the new Corator DS
BitFenix Raider mid-tower chassis
BitFenix presents Raider, a mid-tower ATX case with four USB 3.0 ports, three 120mm Spectre fans, an integrated fan controller, SoftTouch surface, and a removable HDD cage wall. The MSRP is 79EUR (incl. 19% VAT, and $89 in the US).
Today, premier PC hardware designer BitFenix is pleased to announce our latest mid-tower ATX chassis design
Assassin's Creed: Revelations - Launch Trailer
Steam Forums got hacked
Steam's database, which contains users' personal and encrypted credit card information, has been hacked. Founder Gabe Newell sent an email to users and posted on the Steam Forum, reporting that Steam's forums were defaced on November 6. Upon investigation, he said, Valve found Steam's database had been hacked as well.
As with any account anywhere, change yours passwords on a regular basis.
Dear Steam Users and Steam Forum Users:
Our Steam forums were defaced on the evening of Sunday, November 6. We began investigating and found that the intrusion goes beyond the Steam forums.
We learned that intruders obtained access to a Steam database in addition to the forums. This database contained information including user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card information. We do not have evidence that encrypted credit card numbers or personally identifying information were taken by the intruders, or that the protection on credit card numbers or passwords was cracked. We are still investigating.
Corsair SATA 3 Performance Pro SSD Line
Corsair announced the Performance Pro Series SSDs. The Performance Pro Series, designed with the Marvell SATA 6 Gb/s SSD controller, delivers an impressive ATTO Max performance of up to 515MB/s Sequential Read and 440 MB/s Sequential Write, and can sustain very similar performance when reading and writing compressed and non-compressible data, such as audio, images, and video files. Additionally, the Performance Pro Series has built-in advanced background garbage collection to allow for consistently strong performance even with operating systems that do not support the TRIM command. This integral performance optimization makes Performance Pro SSDs an ideal solution for RAID configurations, which typically do not support TRIM.
Performance Pro solid-state drives provide fast SATA III connectivity that pushes the limits of the new SATA III 6Gb/s interface. They are also backward compatible with SATA 2 3GB/s, and include an 3.5" adapter for easy installation in both laptop and desktop PCs.
"We are pleased to provide a fast SATA 3 SSD that's designed specifically for real-world performance," said Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at Corsair. "High-performance PC users work heavily with media files, and unlike some other SSDs, the Performance Pro can save, load and move music, photos and movies without significantly reduced performance. It offers consistent, reliable speed regardless of whether you're running Windows, OS X or Linux, and whether you're using a single drive or a RAID configuration."
=The new Performance Pro Series SSDs are backed by a three-year warranty and are available in 128GB and 256GB configurations from authorized distributors and retailers worldwide.
GeForce Forceware 285.79 out for grabs
A new GeForce driver is available, meet 285.79 which is an official beta release. We have a discussion thread open on this driver over here.
New in Version 285.79
- Includes several bug fixes and performance improvements for Battlefield 3.
- Fixes cases of irregular performance (stuttering) primarily seen on DirectX 10 GPUs. The fix improves the performance of both DX10 and DX11 GPUs.
- Fixes shadow map corruption seen with DirectX 10 GPUs.
- Fixes cases of black corruption lines/triangles with DirectX 10 GPUs.
- Fixes black screen during playback using Windows Media Center.
- Added or updated SLI profiles for the following games:
- Aion v3.0
- Anno 2070
- Assassins Creed: Revelations
- Need for Speed: The Run
- Payday: The Heist
- The Adventures of Tintin
- The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
- Added or updated the following 3D Vision game profiles:
- Airline Tycoon 2